October 10, 2012
Hey all! Thanks for stopping by the blog for our tour stop for
The Torn Wing (The Faerie Ring #2) by Kiki Hamilton
presented by JeanBookNerd!
Today, we are so excited to have Kiki stop by the blog and share with us some of her top 10 favorite things, and you can check out our thoughts on this second installment to the Faerie Ring series!
Also, be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!!
London 1872 -
A bloody escape, a deadly threat, a shocking revelation…
As an orphan who stole the Queen’s ring – only to find the ring was a reservoir that held a truce between the world of Faerie and the British Court – Tiki’s greatest fear suddenly becomes all too real: the fey have returned to London seeking revenge. As war escalates in the Otherworld, Queen Victoria’s youngest son, Prince Leopold, is attacked. In order to protect her family and those she loves, Tiki needs to know the meaning of an fáinne sí, the birthmark that winds around her wrist. But will she be brave enough to face the truth?
The Torn Wing (The Faerie Ring #2) by Kiki Hamilton
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Fair Wind Books
** This title was provided to us by the author for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **
Since I was given the privilege of reading the first book in the Faerie Ring series, I was pretty pumped up and ready to read the second installment to the series. The Faerie Ring (a.k.a. the first book in the series) was both intriguing and unique. With it being set in England during the 1800’s, I liked being able to look at a world from before any of us reading this review existed (unless you are a vampire/immortal being who dwells in the Lazarus Pit, Batman reference for the win) and also get a realistic sense of the setting.
However I will say that I found The Faerie Ring missing…something, I had high hopes that The Torn Wing would give me everything that the Faerie Ring couldn’t give me. It did.
The first thing that got me was the title, obviously it got me interested, but upon starting the first chapter and all the ones after it, I figured out one thing: The Torn Wing would be nothing short of action filled. Not only do we get to have yet another adventure with Tiki/Tara Kathleen but we get thrown into the first chapter of the story that includes a killer from the Winter Court and the murder of the Summer King, initiating a chance for the Winter King to rule long past Beltane. This causes the Otherworld to fall into a state of chaos and the only person who can seemingly stop it is the person who holds a faerie ring birthmark.
And that person is Tiki. *Mind =Blown.*
As you know, being a person who has read the first novel (and if you haven’t: Mortal what are you doing? Turn back now, spoilers will be present) you know that after the events that took place in The Faerie Ring, Larkin is in prison with her wings clipped by iron. Well guess what happens within the first six chapters? Larkin makes an appearance. Having escaped prison by tearing one of her wings out, Larkin arrives just in time to do what she did best in the last book, which is antagonize Tiki and her family. Larkin goes from being one of the main antagonists however, to one of Tiki’s allies, something that I found majorly shocking.
The main point of the novel is for Tiki, who can hold rule over a court, to take the throne away from the Winter King by touching
the Tara Stone., which is the stone Tiki was named after. Throughout the novel, Tiki travels around England and the Otherworld in an attempt to find the stone and control one of the courts before Beltane. While in the Otherworld, I enjoyed the fact that finally we get away from the realism of England and get to experience situations that involve supernatural beings that are commonly found in faerie lore. I personally enjoyed it because it managed to remind me a lot of the Wondrous Strange novels that I loved to death.
Sadly, I found that The Torn Wing doesn’t focus on one of the things that I was beginning to love most in The Faerie Ring: The romance between Reiker and Tiki. I expected the usual with YA romance, a strong relationship, the lovey-dovey thoughts and public displays of affection. You don’t get any of that and I have to admit that it did disappoint me. But oh well, you can’t get everything and the novel’s plot was pretty beast (which means good, in case you didn’t know that…).
I would recommend The Torn Wing to readers who enjoyed The Faerie Ring, are fans
of faerie lore or readers who want to immerse themselves in a freaking awesome fantasy world. When the novel comes to an end, you’ll be left dying for the third novel.
Top 10 Favorite Things with Kiki Hamilton
You’re home alone, there’s a fire! Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.
My daughter, my dog and my laptop
Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why
JKRowling, Megan Whalen Turner, Dan Brown
Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why
M&M’s – chocolate = brain power! Cookies & peanut butter because it fills me up and any kind of candy = brain power! (and it tastes good! J)
Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why
Harry Potter, The Thief and Anna and the French Kiss
Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why
I usually write fantasy in silence, but I do like listening to the Harry Potter soundtrack sometimes because it sounds like magic to me, because it so heavily associated with the story.
Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why
I like the thought process that Save the Cat lays out, so I’ll take a look at the whole picture, but I don’t always know where the story is going, so in that case it’s butt in chair and keep typing. Also, sometimes I’ll set the story aside and let it percolate in the back of my mind and quite often the answer will come to me eventually.
Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why
John Mayer, Jason Mraz and the Script – Great voices, great songwriting
Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why
Harry Potter, Presumed Innocent, The Thomas Crowne Affair
Top 3 favorite animated movies and why
I don’t really watch animated movies.
Top 3 favorite movie moments and why
I LOVE the end of HP 3 when Harry gets the Firebolt and rips through the sky screaming. Love that moment because it’s pure joy and exhilaration and I want to be on that broom really bad!! I love the end of the Thomas Crowne affair when she gets to the heliport and the guy turns around and it’s not Thomas and she realizes what she’s done. And I love the scene in You’ve Got Mail when Tom Hanks sees Meg Ryan in the coffee shop and discovers who he’s been corresponding with.
Top 3 favorite actors/actresses and why
Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks because of the diversity of their films and I almost always like their movies and Henry Cavill just because I like to look at him. J
Top 3 favorite gadgets and why
My laptop, my iphone and that’s it really. Because I need to multi-task at all times!!!
Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why
London – the history, the Englishness of it, Hawaii – it’s Hawaii –need I say more? And Paris – I’ve been there once for a short period of time, but I’d like to spend some time exploring the City and other parts of France.
About the Author:
Kiki Hamilton is the author of THE FAERIE RING fantasy series and a YA contemporary novel entitled THE LAST DANCE which will be released Spring 2013. She believes in magic and the idea of hidden worlds co-existing with our own. Kiki lives near Seattle, though she dreams of living in London one day.
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